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Fears of more COVID-19 spread as thousands of L.A. County inmates await transfer to state prisons

The number of inmates in Los Angeles County’s jails is climbing and officials are worried overcrowding is leading to more dangerous conditions just as sweeps the region. Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday that state prisons stopped accepting new transfers of inmates from county jails on Nov. 26 as they try to stem an overwhelming spike in COVID-19 cases. In just the last two weeks, at least 3,101 inmates in state prisons have tested positive, according to the California Department o...
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Southern California’s Santa Ana winds on track to peak Thursday

Santa Ana winds are on track to begin picking up around Southern California early Thursday and will pose an elevated fire risk to the region until Saturday, meteorologists say. Moderate strength wind gusts are expected to affect the inland areas of Orange County as well as Riverside and San Bernardino counties, said Bruno Rodriguez, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. He said that urban areas can expect gusts of up to 30 to 40 mph while areas near canyons and passes can...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Wildfires, Arizona, San Diego, Kristen Stewart, Orange County, San Diego County, Nws, Southern California, San Bernardino, Stewart


Man arrested on suspicion of homicide after pursuit ends in Wilmington

A man was arrested on suspicion of a years-old homicide after fleeing from Los Angeles police officers but getting caught in Wilmington on Wednesday morning, Dec. 2. Investigators were working the homicide case and getting information from possible persons of interest in Carson when they saw a man in a vehicle they were interested in, said Lt. Michelle Loomis of the LAPD’s Harbor Division. They followed the man and it turned into a pursuit that ended in less than 10 minutes in Wilmington, she sa...
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Pasadena limits outdoor diners: Only household members may sit together

As of midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 2, Pasadena restaurateurs and diners have a new restriction to contend with, as the city will soon require outdoor diners to sit only with members of their own household. The rule will be in place until Dec. 20, according to a city news release. The move was met with some confusion from Pasadena restaurant owners who weren’t sure how this would really be enforceable. “It’s moot, really,” said Frank Gale, owner of Russell’s, a restaurant in Pasadena. “How do you ...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Restaurants, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Pasadena, Local News, Gale, Los Angeles County, Russell, Gordo


Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru revs up at Irwindale Speedway

Race cars typically roar around the Irwindale Speedway at breakneck speeds. But this holiday season, the cars on the track will top out at no more than 5 miles per hour and forego the pursuit of the checkered flag as they slowly cruise through an illuminated wonderland instead. Santa’s Speedway Christmas Lights Drive-Thru, which delayed its opening a week to Dec. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to run through Jan. 10. “Normally we drive real fast here but we’re going to slow thin...
Tags: Holidays, Christmas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Santa, Mariah Carey, Speedway, Rudolph, Anaheim, Irwindale, Tori Kelly, Huddleston, Irwindale Speedway, Drive-in, Top Stories LADN


The gold standard: Rafer Johnson’s extraordinary life ends at age 86

Those who knew Rafer Johnson tell their stories in sympathetic tones to those who didn’t, as if it were the lost opportunity of a lifetime. Johnson was the 1960 Olympic champion in the decathlon. When his daughter Jenny began studying ancient Greece in elementary school, Johnson brought out his gold medal. For many years it was the only time she ever saw it. “He was the guy folding up the chairs at the end of a concert, handing out drinks at our soccer games,” said Bill Shumard, who for 15 years...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Greece, Congress, California, Russia, India, Sports, California News, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Taiwan, Rome


San Gabriel mission gets temporary roof as crews labor to repair iconic church after fire

Ahead of expected seasonal rains, the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel will be sporting a temporary roof until February or March, as crews work to rebuild and rehabilitate the 215-year-old church that was gutted by a fire over the summer. Investigators are still coming up empty handed when asked about the fire’s cause, San Gabriel spokesman Jonathan Fu said during an interview on Wednesday, but church officials are moving ahead to fix the historic structure, and may have uncovered some lost pieces o...
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CHP officer, struck by pickup in Palmdale on Nov. 23, dies

A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer, struck by a pickup truck in Palmdale on Nov. 23 while on his way to the scene of a collision, died Thursday, Dec. 2, of his injuries. While en route to the crash site, a Ford F-150 pickup on Avenue North made a U-turn directly in Officer Andy Ornelas’ path, said Chanelle Gonzalez, a CHP spokeswoman. Ornelas was thrown from his motorcycle and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he died this morning. The 27-year-old officer, who had been with th...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Ford, California Highway Patrol, CHP, Taylor, Lapd, Gavin Newsom, Andy, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Santa Clarita, Antelope, Jennifer


Chick-fil-A will open Woodland Hills location Dec. 3

A new Chick-fil-A restaurant with a multi-lane drive-thru will open Thursday, Dec. 3, in Woodland Hills. It is at 20101 Ventura Blvd., south of the 101 Freeway at Winnetka Avenue. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Chick-fil-A will not be doing its traditional “first 100” giveaway to early customers. Instead, it will be “surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in the Woodland Hills community,” according to a news release. The restaurant’s hours will be 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday thro...
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Hospitals activate surge plans as L.A. County heads into pandemic’s most dangerous days

Responding to “terrifying” coronavirus caseload numbers, hospitals throughout the region are activating their surge plans to keep pace with the outbreak, public health officials said Wednesday, Dec. 2. Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly said there was a real possibility the county could run out of intensive care unit beds in two to three weeks during Wednesday’s briefing, as the county reported 5,987 new cases and 40 associated deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 414,185 and 7,740,...
Tags: News, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Pfizer, Disneyland, Pasadena, Ucla, Inglewood, Torrance, Lawson, Arizona State, LA County, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Jeff Smith


Arizona’s Scott Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge

By ALAN FRAM | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his state’s shift from red to blue. Kelly, 56, defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally in last month’s election, making her one of only three incumbents to lose. By taking office, he has reduced the Republican edge in the chamber to 52-48. That will have scant impact on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s control...
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With the pandemic boosting college stress, the UC system is boosting the course “Life 101”

Life would be easier if it came with instructions. For students throughout the University of California system, it soon will. Starting next month, “Life 101,” a two-unit course taught at UC Irvine since 2013, will be expanded and made available for students at any UC campus. In addition to helping students in everything from nutrition to health management, the course teaches students how to recognize and manage stress. With the pandemic in full swing, stress is ratcheting up. “My goal is for stu...
Tags: Health, News, Education, College, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Black Lives Matter, UC Berkeley, University Of California, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Ucla, UCI, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Jafari


Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

By GRANT SCHULTE and AMY FORLITI | Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages. With the virus surging from coast to coast, the number of patients in the hospital with the virus has more than doubled over the past month to a record high of nearly 100,000, ...
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How Disneyland’s new merchandise mobile checkout works

Disneyland’s new merchandise mobile checkout system expands on the mobile ordering system that has quickly become the preferred option for making purchases at restaurants and food stands in Disney theme parks. The system is now being tested at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. SEE ALSO: Disneyland furloughs another 1,800 employees with theme ...
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Rep. Maxine Waters criticizes Caltrans for removing people from vacant El Sereno homes

LOS ANGELES — Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, criticized Caltrans Wednesday for having people evicted from vacant homes the state agency owns in El Sereno as part of the abandoned 710 North Freeway Extension Project. “The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has posed a severe threat to our communities for nearly a year now, but the pandemic is unrelenting and continues to surge across much of the country,” Waters said. “Cases are rising, the death toll is mounting and the United States is now experienci...
Tags: Politics, News, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Homelessness, Soccer, United States, Sheffield, Long Beach, Homeless, California Highway Patrol, CalTrans, Biden, CHP, Gavin Newsom


Did 500,000 ex-Californians help Biden win the White House?

A half-million more Californians left the state than arrived during President Donald Trump’s first three years in office. Was that outflow from a state where Trump lost badly twice a factor in his failure to win re-election? Everybody’s got a theory about what swung the White House to former Vice President Joe Biden. The pandemic. Racial injustice. The economy. Women. Folks with college degrees. Just to name a few. Let me add California to that mix. It’s not that Biden won the state by 5 million...
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Man shot to death near 118 Freeway in Pacoima

PACOIMA — A man was fatally shot early Wednesday near the 118 Freeway in the Pacoima area. Officers were sent to the eastbound freeway near Glenoaks Boulevard at about 3:30 a.m., where the victim was found “unresponsive,” the California Highway Patrol reported. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:40 a.m., according to the coroner’s office, which withheld his name pending notification of his relatives. Traffic was routed away from the area while an investigation was conducted.
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5 best restaurants for exotic sushi rolls in the San Fernando Valley

The first “exotic” sushi roll I encountered was the iconic California Roll — technically a makisushi containing cucumber, crab (real or otherwise) and avocado, sesame seeds and flying fish roe, often rolled inside out. It stands in contrast to the more traditional nigiri sushi — the lozenge of rice with a slice of fresh fish layered on top, held in place with a strip of seaweed. The California Roll first appeared on the burgeoning sushi scene back in the late 1970s. And it’s probably from Califo...
Tags: Japan, New York, Hollywood, California, La, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Tokyo, Vancouver, Dining, Chatsworth, West Hollywood, Ventura


Rafer Johnson, UCLA legend and Olympic decathlon champion, dies at 86

LOS ANGELES — Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced. Johnson was among the world’s greatest athletes from 1955 through his Olympic triumph in 1960, winning a national decathlon championship in 1956 and a silver medal at the Melbourne Olympics that same ye...
Tags: News, California, Sports, Fresno, NFL, Los Angeles, Sport, Taiwan, Rome, Chicago, Soccer, Olympics, Obituaries, Sydney, James Bond, Moscow


LeBron James extends Lakers contract through 2023, per report

As the basketball world waited on the Lakers to sign one of their stars to a new max deal, they extended the other. LeBron James has agreed to a two-year max extension with the Lakers that will run two seasons beyond his current deal, putting him under contract through 2023, first reported by The Athletic. The deal is worth $85 million for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The move is a precursor to the Lakers’ expected long-term deal with Anthony Davis, the other starring piece of last season’s ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Miami Heat, James, Lakers, PAUL, Jared Dudley, Dennis Schroder, Rich Paul


LeBron James extends Lakers contract through 2023

As the basketball world waited on the Lakers to sign one of their stars to a new max deal, they extended the other. LeBron James has agreed to a two-year max extension with the Lakers that will run two seasons beyond his current deal, putting him under contract through 2023, first reported by The Athletic. The deal is worth $85 million for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. The move is a precursor to the Lakers’ expected long-term deal with Anthony Davis, the other starring piece of last season’s ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Espn, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Miami Heat, James, Lakers, PAUL, Jared Dudley, Dennis Schroder, Rich Paul


How ComplexCon plans to keep the spirit of the event online with ComplexLand

It’s a cutting-edge mall mixed with a fashion conference that landed on top of a music festival all inside of a video game. And ComplexLand, the online version of the annual ComplexCon event, makes its virtual debut Dec. 7-11. And just like the real-life version, which mixes pop culture with edgy fashion and sneaker drops plus live music and fashion panels at the Long Beach Convention Center, ComplexLand attendees will be able dress up in stylish gear and enter stores to buy merchandise, see per...
Tags: Nike, Adidas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Williams, Long Beach, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi, Wright, Anderson Paak, Timex, Oxnard, Complex, PacSun, Long Beach Convention Center


At your next eye exam, there could be a vaccine shot, too

By Rachel Bluth | California Healthline With multiple COVID-19 vaccines rapidly heading toward approval, optometrists and dentists are pushing for the authority to immunize patients during routine eye exams and dental cleanings. Across the country, these medical professionals say their help will be needed to distribute the vaccines to millions of Americans — and they already have the know-how. “When you look at what dentists do, and how many injections they give day in and day out, I think they’...
Tags: Business, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Sport, Soccer, Porsche, Astrazeneca, Vaccinations, Pfizer, Illinois, Wood, Kaiser Health News, Gavin Newsom, Vanderbilt University, Whittier


At your next eye exam, there could be a flu or COVID-19 vaccine shot, too

By Rachel Bluth | California Healthline With multiple COVID-19 vaccines rapidly heading toward approval, optometrists and dentists are pushing for the authority to immunize patients during routine eye exams and dental cleanings. Across the country, these medical professionals say their help will be needed to distribute the vaccines to millions of Americans — and they already have the know-how. “When you look at what dentists do, and how many injections they give day in and day out, I think they’...
Tags: Business, Minnesota, California, Oregon, Sport, Soccer, Porsche, Astrazeneca, Vaccinations, Pfizer, Illinois, Wood, Kaiser Health News, Gavin Newsom, Vanderbilt University, Whittier


Mariah Carey launches delivery-only cookie brand with traditional and holiday flavors

Superstar Mariah Carey has partnered with Virtual Dining Concepts to launch her new cookie brand on National Cookie Day, Friday, Dec. 4. Mariah’s Cookies will be available in select markets including Los Angeles and San Diego throughout the holiday season and into 2021. Fans can begin ordering cookies via mariahcareyscookies.com on Dec. 4 and they will be delivered via most third-party delivery apps including Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats and Seamless. Singer Mariah Carey will launc...
Tags: Apple, Music, Holidays, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Miami, Santa, Mariah, Mariah Carey, Hamilton, Sam Cooke, Anaheim


2020’s top books: Southern California booksellers pick the reads you need

Bookstore owner Linda Sherman-Nurick laughed at the impossibility of the request: Pick just one or two great books to recommend from an entire year of reading? “There are a lot of really, really good books out,” said Sherman-Nurick, owner of Cellar Door Books in Riverside. “In part because people write when things are not good, and so people have been just producing incredible stuff. Because they needed to. “There have been so many powerful books,” she continued ticking off her favorite kids’ bo...
Tags: Books, Florida, Washington, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Rome, Things To Do, Soccer, Paris, Northern Ireland, Cameron, Finland, Pasadena, Riverside County, Sam


Bruce Herschensohn, conservative commentator on Southern California airwaves, dies at 88

YORBA LINDA — Political commentator Bruce Herschensohn, a longtime fixture on Southern California television and radio, former aide to Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, has died at the age of 88. Herschensohn’s death was announced Tuesday by the Richard Nixon Foundation in Yorba Linda. The cause of death was not released. “One word defines Bruce Herschensohn: patriot,” said Hugh Hewitt, the Nixon Foundation’s president. “A resonan...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, New York City, California News, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, Obituaries, Obituary, Darth Vader, Republican, Alex Trebek, Malibu


Lakers-Mavericks, Clippers-Nuggets part of NBA’s Christmas Day slate

Once again on Christmas, the Lakers and the Clippers will be two the featured teams on one of the big broadcasting days for the NBA – they just won’t play each other this year. The defending champion Lakers will take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center, while the Clippers will head to Denver for a rematch with the Denver Nuggets team that shocked them in the playoffs last season. The Lakers face the Mavericks at 5 p.m. PST, while the Clippers and Nuggets will air at 7:30 PS...
Tags: Boston, Milwaukee, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Nba, New Orleans, Dallas, Miami, Espn, Lebron James


Hundreds of thousands of customers brace for power shutoffs because of Santa Ana winds

Hundreds of thousands of customers throughout Southern California are at risk of having their electricity turned off this week as local electric companies brace for what are anticipated to be stronger Santa Ana winds than last week. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Southern California Edison notified about 240,000 customers across eight counties that they are under consideration for a public safety power shutoff, said SCE spokesman David Song. Of those notified, 28,089 are in Los Angeles County, 21,053 are...
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Major encampment cleanups resume at 3 sites in San Pedro, Harbor City

Comprehensive encampment cleanups are expected to resume at three sites in the San Pedro and Harbor City areas, under a motion approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Such cleanups, which require people to remove their tents and belongings for an area, were suspended in March at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, in response to public health guidelines that discouraged displacing people living on the streets, and not allowing them to shelter-in-place. In July, some...
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